Question: My employer’s insurance agent is asking me to sign a form saying I deny insurance. I am opposed to signing this because I am not offered insurance since I am considered part-time (16 hrs/week). If I am not offered something, how can I deny it? What would be the reason for the insurance agent wanting the part-time employees to sign this? Couldn’t it potentially hurt me in the long run? In my opinion, I am being asked to lie on the form. Please advise.
Answer: If you are ineligible for your employer-sponsored health insurance coverage because you don’t work enough hours, there is no need to sign a waiver. Your employer’s contract with the insurance company - if self-insured their ERISA plan document - defines who is eligible for coverage. If you refuse to sign a waiver because it’s a matter of conscience for you, I don’t see how that could hurt you.